How to Clean Yellowing Soles?


Without a doubt, a pair of yellow soles can ruin the whole aesthetic of your shoes. And unfortunately, most of us aren’t familiar with the proper techniques of how to clean yellowing soles.

But fortunately, I’ve got two super-effective methods that you can apply to whiten your dirty yellow soles. And surprisingly, every procedure is effortless, and can be done through some essential components. Yep, I’m talking about baking soda, toothpaste, and laundry detergent to get the job done!

Guess what? It’s going to be a lot of fun because I’m showing you the easy methods through a step-by-step guide.
Okay, let’s get started.

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Why My Tidy Soles Become Yellow?

There are plenty of different reasons why your shoes’ white and clean soles get yellowish. Sometimes, we have to spend a long time under the extreme heat of the sun, especially during the summer.

And guess what? Sweat stains turn our white aesthetic footwear into yellow. Besides, if you keep your shoes and soles under the sunshine for too long after washing them off, they might lose their original beauty and color, keep in mind!

Ingredients Needed

Here, I’m going to pick some of the effective ingredients that you can use to make your footwear clean and tidy:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Baking Soda
  • Regular brush or used toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Scrubber or wet brush (optional)

Step-By-Step Guide of Cleaning Yellow Soles

After collecting the above-written ingredients, it’s time to jump to the real action! Yep, I’ll teach you how you can turn your yellow soles into white by cleaning them. Follow the steps below:

Step-1: Making a Better Mixture

You guessed it right! Here, you’ll have to take adequate amounts of baking soda in a specific bucket or container. Afterward, you should add detergent, and the ratio of baking soda and detergent will be 1:2 proportion.

It would be best if you kept mixing them till it appears to be a thin, fine paste.

Step-2: Adding Toothpaste

When it comes down to cleaning yellow soles, adding a certain amount of toothpaste to the mixture of detergent and soda will make it even better.

So ensure that you mix them appropriately, and then you’re ready to go for cleaning your yellow soles.

  • Important Note

This particular technique can be applied when you want to clean your shoes.

Step-3: Applying the Mixture with Brush

After making a final mixture, make sure to apply it to your yellow soles straight away. To remove the stuck-on marks, feel free to get your hands on a piece of a regular brush. A used toothbrush plays a vital role as well.

Step-4: Time for Washing Off

We’re almost done! Now you have to make sure that the mixture dries entirely onto your soles. In this case, I’d suggest keeping it under the heat of the sun. But the place where you’re going to put them should be dust-free, of course.

Well, once they get entirely dry, don’t forget to remove the paste with sufficient amounts of water. To get rid of the dried paste right away, using a scrubber or wet brush won’t be a house of cards at all.

Now, your only duty is to wash your soles off once again with nothing but clean water. Afterwards, you’ll notice that your soles seem much cleaner and whiter!

Is There Any Alternative Way of Cleaning My Soles?

Of course! You can apply another technique to get rid of yellowing soles once and for all. Go down below and get familiar with the easy-peasy procedure:

Note: To apply this method, collect baking soda, brush, hydrogen peroxide (H202), and water (warm).

  • First off, you’ll need to make a thin paste by combining baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. It’s possible to get H202 from your nearest stores (medical).
  • Apply the mixture that you’ve prepared to your soles. Make sure to add a bit more than the average if your soles appear more dirty and yellowish.
  • The mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda shouldn’t be dry. In that case, covering your soles through plastic or stuff like that might be a wise decision.
  • Let the soles down quickly into the warm water, and be sure to wash them through a piece of brush. Wait for up to 35 minutes to get your sparkling white soles!

Why Hydrogen Peroxide Is an Effective Thing for Cleaning Soles?

H202 (hydrogen peroxide) is indeed a type of bleach (non-chloride) that plays a significant role in converting stubborn marks or dirt into bubbles. So, by mixing it with some baking soda, cleaning yellow soles will be nothing but a piece of cake!

Wrapping Up!

By now, you probably know how to clean yellowing soles effortlessly! The methods I’ve mentioned above were effortless and hassle-free. Anyone can be applied anytime to make yellow soles white and clean!

Here is an advice – if you’re unable to find hydrogen peroxide from your nearest medical stores, feel free to clean your soles through laundry detergent, baking soda, and toothpaste.